A kitchen refresh…
If there’s one thing I’m pretty vocal about, it’s open shelving! I’ve truly never seen a set of shelves I haven’t fallen in love with, they look at home in every single room. What’s more, you can reshuffle them so effortlessly and just like that, you have an entire new space!
I had a lot of people questioning me when I said we were going to skip out on upper cabinets in our kitchen and instead go for open shelving, but I’m so glad we decided to do it. Even now, three and a bit years later, I still love having everything in reach (note the cocktail shaker has pride of place!), not to mention that satisfying feeling of a fresh space when I take an hour to give ’em a bit of a reshuffle.
I decided to change up the shelving in our kitchen at the start of the year so I thought I’d share a few ways I did this. I’ve already covered my styling tips, so I guess this is just a bit of a refresher – how you can rejig your shelves without spending a fortune doing so.
Switching White For Wood
I didn’t plan for our kitchen to be so white, although as we all know I do love a bright space! We originally planned the kitchen around our wooden floors, but we had to tile over them eventually because the original floorboards really didn’t wear well, so we were left with white walls, white cabinets, white floors and white shelves – it was a little much…
I decided to switch the shelves up for some wooden open shelves and I made the right choice, they’ve added a bit of colour and texture in to the room. It was the perfect base for working in a whole new vibe to the room!
I Played With Height
This is the secret to open shelving if you ask me! When it comes to styling my shelves, no matter which room they may be in, I love to place a couple of objects of varying heights together – whether it be a stack of side plates, a pretty jug or vase, or something decorative like a lovely leafy plant. This helps to break up the space a little by drawing the eye up, whilst also giving a bit of dimension.
I also like to lean big framed prints on shelves, or to stack books and use them as a sort of step to add other trinkets or items – it creates a foundation to work around, making the whole styling process so much easier.
I Added Personal Details
Another thing I adore about open shelving is you have free rein to add your own personal touch and creative flair; you can totally express yourself with your favourite possessions! This works so well in our kitchen because we use this room so much, it really is the heart of our little home. On one side, the shelves are rammed with Jordan’s coffee essentials – from the Chemex to the Acme cups and the bags and jars of coffee beans!
The other side, which sits above the cooking area, is more my side – I love cooking so the shelf is littered with jars of ingredients, fresh herbs and bowls of garlic, lemons and garnishes. It’s functional because I have everything I need within reaching distance, but I’ve made it look aesthetically pleasing too!
I Injected More Colour
Whilst my kitchen is mostly minimal and white, I crave a more colourful kitchen-life – and a non-permanent way to do this is with accessories! The beauty of open shelving is that they give you the power to add colour through decoration, so adding intricate accessories including mugs, chopping boards, pots and bags of coffee makes the process oh so fun.
I love changing up my shelves from season to season, adding in more pastel picks in spring or more wood-toned and warm additions come autumn – who doesn’t love a seasonal refresh?!
As always, greenery plays a bit part in my home and I love the fresh, earthy hues it adds – I also love displaying fresh fruit on the shelves, there’s always a big pile of lemons and limes, as well as a bunch of bananas.
I Embraced The Randomness
We have high ceilings in our Victorian tenement which does add a lot of character and creates a really airy space, but they can also be seriously hard to work with! All the rooms are at risk of looking very bare, so I love cluttered shelves to add some life. I personally prefer effortless shelving so I always try not to overthink it – the randomness is what makes it all come together!
When the shelves in our pantry were first done, our joiner had popped all the jars of dry goods and our mugs and plates back on at random, and it looked so good! I realised there was some magic in just putting items on the shelf and not getting too invested in it, so that’s honestly my approach from now on!
I hope this inspires you to give your own shelves a bit of a rejig, it really does give the room a whole new lease of life (and gives you something to Instagram too…)
Are you a fan of open shelving?